Firefighters remain at scene of huge city centre furniture shop blaze

Crews fought 'extremely hard' to tackle the massive fire at the former Robertson's furniture shop in Dundee.

Firefighters worked “extremely hard” to tackle a huge blaze at an old furniture shop in Dundee city centre.

Crews remained at the scene on Barrack Street on Sunday morning, where a fire tore through the Robertson’s building on Saturday.

The flames sent a large column of smoke over the city centre which could be seen from the opposite bank of the Tay.

Two fire engines remained at the scene on Sunday, with nine having attended to the incident.

Fire at Dundee former Robertson's furniture shop.STV News

A spokesperson for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were alerted at 5.57pm on Saturday, November 12, to reports of a building fire on Barrack Street in Dundee.

“Operations control mobilised nine appliances and specialist resources to the scene and firefighters are working extremely hard to extinguish a large building fire.

“No casualties have been reported and crews remain on the scene.”

Residents shared pictures and footage of the fire on social media.

Crowds gathered to watch the fire at former Roberston's Furniture shop in DundeeSTV News

Niall Campbell, who lives in Fife, said he saw the fire from across the River Tay.

He said: “I am on the other side of the Tay so quite far away, but can comfortably say I have not seen a fire of its scale in all my time here.”

A cordon was put in place, with police redirecting traffic as neighbouring streets were closed.

Images posted on social media showed the fire engulfing the building as dozens gathered in crowds outside to watch.

Shona Robison, the SNP MSP for Dundee East and social justice secretary, tweeted: “Such a shame to see the destruction of the once lovely Art Deco Robertson furniture store building in Dundee.

“Thoughts are with the emergency services working hard to get the blaze under control.”

Conservative North East MSP Maurice Golden said he hoped “everyone is safe”.

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